Michael Sweeney and John Waldron both get the chance for domestic redemption after a fight between the pair has finally been made.
Both Mayo men are coming off Irish title defeats with-Sweeney having lost to Ian Tims on a points decision for the Irish Cruiserweight title in March while Waldron was stopped by Ciaran Healy in the first defence of his Irish Light Heavyweight title in Castlebar last November.
Both have be heavily linked with each other since their amateur days and both are hoping to get back on the Irish title trail with victory in a potential show stealing rumble in the Royal Theatre Castlebar on August 12.
Former Banner Promotions fighter Sweeney is delighted the bout has finally been made and is confident it will generate interest across Connaught.
“This is a fight that’s been talked about in Mayo for years now,” said Sweeney “It was supposed to happen a few times in the amateurs and then when we went professional but for whatever reason it’s never actually happened so I’m delighted it’s happening now. It’s a fight I’ve always wanted and it’s a great fight for Mayo and the West in general because although we’re both Mayo men originally I’m based in Galway and John lives in Roscommon now so I’m sure there will a huge interest across Connaught in the fight.”
The winner will force themselves to the head of a queue for a shot at the Irish Light Heavyweight title and Waldron is determined that Sweeney will prove a stepping stone en route to regaining his old belt.
“I’m desperate to make up for my last performance in Castlebar, everyone that knows me knows that wasn’t the real me in the ring that night. If I’m honest I took the fight lightly and I ended up losing the weight too quickly on the last week and it left me drained in the ring. Winning the Irish title maybe made me a little complacent but that’s gone now and if Michael Sweeney thinks he’s getting in the ring with the same John Waldron who lost the Irish title then he’s in for a big shock. Once I win this fight then I want to get Healy back in the ring and reverse that result and get the Irish title back.”